Incident Date: Nov 30, 2007
Report Date: January 2008
Incident Type: Loss
Brachycephalic: No Definition
Animal Age: Not reported
Flight Number: 1490/30
Originating Airport: PHL (Philadelphia Intl)
Destination Airport: SLC (Salt Lake City Intl)
Reporting Airport: PHL (Philadelphia Intl)
Carrier Delta Air Lines
Flight Number Flight # 1409/30 PHL/SLC
Date and Time of Incident November 30, 2007 â€“ 1630 Type of Incident Escape
Description of Animal Breed: Feline Age: unknown at this time
Description of the Incident A kennel containing a live cat was being transported to flight 1409/30. The driver secured kennel before departing the cargo facility. Upon arrival to the departure gate, driver noticed the cat had escaped from the kennel. The cat escaped through top hatch during transport from the cargo facility to the gate area. The kennel did not meet IATA container requirements #1. The kennel did not have a solid roof.
Cause of the Incident The acceptance of a non-compliant kennel and not securing releasable cable ties to secure the kennel door.
Corrective Action Taken Cargo and ramp agents conduct search daily. Airport agents notified to keep watch for cat. Station manager contacted customer of incident. Direct follow up with Delta Station Managers at origin which included briefing accepting agents on proper procedures for securing kennel doors and IATA container requirements.